I've always felt uneasy when I'm required to fill out the line “Present Occupation” on tax returns, survey questionnaires, and airport arrival forms. I really can't put archaeologist, since I never completed graduate school and haven't actually participated in an excavation for almost 20 years. For a long time I put down “writer” or “author” since I have published a fair number of books and articles, but, sadly no novels or short stories. My writing has always been about the past in the present, so I'm certainly no writer in the true literary sense. For four years, I put down “university lecturer,” because that's what I actually was. But now I generally put down “consultant,” leaving the real nature of my profession almost impossible to guess. Today, in my mid-60s no less than when I was in my mid-20s back in the 1970s, what I do for my career and...

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